High as the Waters Rise: A Novel by Anja Kampmann, translated by Anne Posten
German poet Anja Kampmann’s award-winning debut novel is the dazzling, heartrending story of an oil rig worker whose closest friend goes missing, plunging him into isolation and forcing him to confront his past
On Sale September 15, 2020 • ISBN 9781948226523
“This is a deeply impressive book which seethes and roars . . . High as the Waters Rise is written with enormous care—a heartrending, unsentimental novel about the distance between the self and the world.” —Paul Jandl, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
German poet Anja Kampmann was born in Hamburg and resides in Leipzig. High as the Waters Rise is her first novel, for which she received the Mara Cassens Prize for best German debut novel and the Lessing Promotion Prize. She was also awarded the Bergen-Enkheim Prize and was nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize and the German Book Prize.
Anne Posten translates prose, poetry, and drama from the German. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, and her translations of authors such as Peter Bichsel, Carl Seelig, Thomas Brasch, Tankred Dorst, Anna Katharina Hahn, and Paul Scheerbart have appeared with New Directions, Christine Burgin/The University of Chicago Press, Music & Literature, n+1, VICE, The Buenos Aires Review, FIELD, Stonecutter, and Hanging Loose, among other publications. She is based in Berlin.